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Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard is the author of the novel The Talented Ribkins (Melville House, 2017), which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and has received additional fellowships and grants from Art Omi, the Sacatar Foundation, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Hedgebrook, and Vermont Studio Center, among other organizations. Her short fiction has received a Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Award and has been published in Guernica, Arkansas International, Copper Nickel, and Callaloo


Art by Anna Schuleit Haber


Summer 2018 | Fiction

Just then they were all eating yams, candied and still hot from the stove. Golden-brown pieces glistening with sauce that dripped from the serving spoon as it moved between the bowl and the plates. Heavy sweet pieces that clung to their forks, sank and settled on their tongues and then dissolved in a swirl of rich textures.

The girl’s uncle Todd pushed back his chair and reached for the bowl and a second helping. His broad hands pressed across the table, past his water glass and the ladle of gravy, the tea lights and decorative poinsettia, up and over the enormous ham. 

“Why can’t you just ask?”